In praise of on call?BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.375 (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:375
- Chris Gunstone, general practitioner
- Burton upon Trent
My not too long retired senior partners can recall clashing forceps and chloroform in the back streets of Burton. As I am gently eased out of time consuming obstetric care I sense a vague feeling of disquiet.
I have spent this bank holiday on call. I have been working in an urban 10 000 patient practice for the past 10 years. During the 24 hours I saw 16 patients—a few more …